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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Be prepared against ransomware viruses.. on: July 05, 2015, 10:50:01 AM
Pardon the interruption, but...
It indeed has helped me before with the code red virus.  I'd given read only access to my backup directory, and was doing a lower tech version of removing privileges in order to access my network drives.  I was glad that I did.

Wasn't Code Red a worm that attacked unsecured IIS servers that were running by default in Win2k? I don't recall share hopping being part of its MO.

Yeah... my fault.  It was something else during that time that basically propagated itself by re-writing parts of files.  I forget the name at this point- but it was some nifty name.  As I only accessed the shares in question by administrative share, and used another account (admittedly admin on my box) the infection was contained.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Be prepared against ransomware viruses.. on: July 04, 2015, 09:13:07 PM
However we are talking about ransomware and I fear ransomware can't be stopped by limited privileges. Encrypting data is not a system operation, so I think ransomware are allowed to do it even if privileges are low.
I think limited privileges are useful against other kinds of malware only.

It can be stopped by limited privileges from accessing backups on the network and other machines.  Which was the most tragic part of the incident in the OP.

Not necessarily.

Mapped network drives can be created and accessed by users without administrative access unless a group policy exists saying otherwise.

And Windows also allows users to access removable devices regardless of administrative access. Including any remote network filesystem that it has read-write access to.

Messing with user privilege would not have any impact at all on the speed of ransomware encrypting files unless that user privelage change also had associated restrictions on CPU and IPOS resource consumption.



It indeed has helped me before with the code red virus.  I'd given read only access to my backup directory, and was doing a lower tech version of removing privileges in order to access my network drives.  I was glad that I did.
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Laptop tray - for your lap [Recommendations?] on: July 04, 2015, 09:11:07 PM
App needs to start a blog with all here crazy life hacks.

This!  +1
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: July 04, 2015, 04:31:25 PM
Snarky Puppy, I'd assume... name of the band?
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Be prepared against ransomware viruses.. on: July 04, 2015, 09:12:00 AM
However we are talking about ransomware and I fear ransomware can't be stopped by limited privileges. Encrypting data is not a system operation, so I think ransomware are allowed to do it even if privileges are low.
I think limited privileges are useful against other kinds of malware only.

It can be stopped by limited privileges from accessing backups on the network and other machines.  Which was the most tragic part of the incident in the OP.
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Be prepared against ransomware viruses.. on: July 03, 2015, 04:19:16 PM
^ That's nice!  Thanks!
7  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Idea For A Reddit Reader on: July 03, 2015, 02:25:13 PM
Isn't that in protest of a mod getting fired?  I am hoping it is only temporary.

Yeah... but who knows how long it will go on?  Especially since the story seems more muddled than they made it.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 03, 2015, 02:23:57 PM
How about a blog about shoplifting?

http://call-me-stickyfingers.tumblr.com/

Here's one post:

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Animal tip
*disclaimer* this MAY sound crazy, but believe me, it works.
Step 1: obtain an animal that scurries fast. Go to petco and purchase either 10 rats/10 white mice/3 ferrets OR obtain a farm pot bellies pig/hen/or boar. My aunt higgith once obtained a keckle of geese that she personally lifted from a nearby town farm.
Step 2: store animals in an inconspicuous container. Make sure it has air holes for breathing so your animals don’t die.
Step 3: drive to a store you’d like to shoplift from
Step 4: enter the store carrying your hidden animals of choice
Step 5: when no one is around, release your furry friends into the isle and watch them scurry and scamper everywhere
Step 6: immediately run to the nearest SA and tell them you saw a rodent/animal
Step 7: the SA will typically call in a special code in their walkie talkie or will have to alert their supervisors that a live animal is on the loose. Remember: the more animals scurrying free the better!
Step 8: steal all the shit you want! At this point the entire store will be trying to locate the pest and will probably not be paying attention to any cameras. Innocent shoppers may get frantic and scared of a wild boar making its way through the store and soon chaos may take over the store, inciting frenzied crowd syndrome
Step 9: while the store is chaotic, steal steal steal! Shove shit down your pants, eat a bag of chips while you’re at it, and empty the registers! Take a shit right inside the toy isle! LP won’t be paying attention
Step 10: leave! Run! Remember to only attempt this crazy tip once every five years or so. My aunt Higgith once released a bucket of rats and 3 guinea pigs into Target and she was able to get away with $4k worth of shit while the entire store was under terror

It gets crazier...

I told you to stay off tumblr...  Grin
9  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Idea For A Reddit Reader on: July 03, 2015, 08:41:01 AM
LOL!  I was trying to work on it just to see how interesting it was... and was getting errors.  Accessing stupid things.

Then I realized reddit has gone private for many boards.  What a strange coincidence.
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :) on: July 02, 2015, 12:23:41 PM
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZiopemx6_0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZiopemx6_0</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyqfHvoUtkU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyqfHvoUtkU</a>

HOLY CRAP!

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmouK_6oeKc" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmouK_6oeKc</a>

Just check out the whole channel: https://www.youtube.com/c.../UCaXDyLT3Xs4p8B0B79GFZCQ
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Save Domain Privacy on: July 01, 2015, 07:43:38 AM
Hover varies.  I pay about $8 for some of mine, not on sale.  Other ones (.cc for some strange reason) are higher.
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Save Domain Privacy on: June 30, 2015, 05:40:30 PM
Sounds like a good setup.  But just having Hover do all of that for me for free is really convenient smiley
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Save Domain Privacy on: June 30, 2015, 04:57:21 PM
I formerly used a PO box, but I was paying for a PO box just for this.  Then I used privacy, but GoDaddy are greedy.  So now I use Tucows, and they give it for free.  And as far as the pre-paid, you still have to top it up, or they'll cut it off.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Save Domain Privacy on: June 30, 2015, 12:15:09 PM
In the WHOIS and web searches, my address does not come up, and neither does my name.  The privacy concern is the one that comes up.  The only way it is even associated is if you did not do so at the time of registration it hit the internet, so is saved if you know how to look for it, or if you, as you said, registered as a company, which is not my concern.

I understand. But I suggest searching with the regular search engines if there are any company identifiers on your site.  I guess the guys at ICCAN may be too lazy to use more than a whois search.  But once the state and name of your LLC are out there it is a matter of public record if anyone wants to take the time to look for it, the contact info of the manager/agent.  For a few dollars it may be worth it I suppose.


There are not company identifiers.  It's not a company.  It's just personal sites that I've registered.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: June 30, 2015, 11:26:14 AM

Oh FFS! ...The icon for their "All New" MS Edge browser, is a $^%#& Blue 'E'!!?! Seriously??!!??

I'd think they're saving the actual icon for the official release.  At least, I'd hope that's what's happening.
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Save Domain Privacy on: June 30, 2015, 11:09:59 AM
I noticed this change too when I just registered a new domain.  I didn't shell out the extra bucks for the fake WHOIS info this time around.  Not only that but if you registered a company and you are the registered manager such as for an LLC, the stuff is coming up in web search anyway.  Anyone knows the name of the LLC then very likely the search engine is going to spit out your street address and phone number.

Yet another reason I stopped shelling out for company names just so I could shell out more to file annual reports.  I suppose if you have a company making real money you have to.  But people don't even have to go to the government web site to search out the LLC manager's contact info.  It just comes up.

Time to move to a gated community or dig a moat around the house.  smiley


No, not if it's done correctly.

In the WHOIS and web searches, my address does not come up, and neither does my name.  The privacy concern is the one that comes up.  The only way it is even associated is if you did not do so at the time of registration it hit the internet, so is saved if you know how to look for it, or if you, as you said, registered as a company, which is not my concern.


It works for my use.


17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Save Domain Privacy on: June 30, 2015, 10:01:59 AM
I didn't even know about this until today when Hover e-mailed me.

https://www.savedomainprivacy.org/

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What is WHOIS and how does it impact me?

How do you feel about your personal contact information being available on the Internet? If you have ever registered a domain name to create a blog or launch a business, your personal information (including name, telephone number, email, and postal address) is already published in a database called “WHOIS”.

WHOIS is an old system, dating back to the dawn of the Internet, to allow systems administrators from universities and government offices to contact each other.  Now that nearly everyone is online, WHOIS contains contact information for small businesses, churches, individuals, even minor children.  Anyone – law enforcement, businesses, individuals, even spammers– has free access to the data in WHOIS. With so much sensitive information publicly available, governments, civic groups, and privacy advocates are starting to tackle WHOIS, who has access, how they use the data, and what it all means for online privacy.

While they wrestle with these issues of privacy, there are steps you can take right now to protect your personal information online.  Privacy Services (sometimes called “Proxy Services”) post their own contact information in WHOIS in place of yours.

A recent study indicates that up to 20% of domains on the Internet trust these services to guard their information.

What is ICANN?

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is the international governing body for the Domain Name System (DNS), and creates the rules for domain names that can be used to create new websites.  They also manage the information collected in the WHOIS database.

https://www.savedomainpri...cy.org/sign-the-petition/

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What’s Changing?

Everything!

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is working on a program that would create new restrictions on the companies offering WHOIS privacy services, or “Providers.”  Under the proposed new rules, Providers would be required to monitor your use of domain names and websites.  Providers could be forced to terminate your privacy service and be required to publish your contact data in WHOIS.  Likewise, Providers could be required to give your private contact details to anyone complaining that your website violates their trademark or copyright.  None of these scenarios would require a court order, search warrant, or due process of any kind.
It’s important to emphasize that Providers do not want criminals to abuse these services to hide their online activities from law enforcement. But some of the proposed changes would treat all users equally, regardless of their intent. For millions of legitimate users, these services are no more suspicious than getting an unlisted telephone number.

The site has some very useful and enlightening information.  And this is one of those petitions that I think that anyone should be able to get behind.  I didn't know how draconian they were until once I moved and wasn't using privacy, and they terminated my domains with no notification nor due process because it wasn't the same.  Now, with the crazies coming out and pursuing people for things they post, privacy is more of an issue than ever before, and this was one of the reasons I switched to Hover as they provide this service for free.

It's one of the few times that I immediately signed a petition after reading the information on the site.  Especially because this has not been advertised everywhere like net neutrality and such.

Take Action!
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Be prepared against ransomware viruses.. on: June 29, 2015, 03:55:50 PM
Reading your messages I get perplexed. You talk about things that already exist for many years.

Are you talking about the thread in general?  It was a reminder for those that may have been getting slack with their restoration plan.
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Be prepared against ransomware viruses.. on: June 28, 2015, 06:03:24 PM
What about the vector?  You said that the relative was pretty pc savvy... I'm just wondering what got him.
20  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Some Thoughts on Sony's DPT-S1 (Digital Paper System) on: June 28, 2015, 12:13:38 PM
If we're dealing with a purely paper replica of reading, I actually prefer to keep the whitespace.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Laptop tray - for your lap [Recommendations?] on: June 28, 2015, 11:25:28 AM
I use this side tray... not sure if it would be good for your purposes, but it might.

http://www.staples.com/Je...k/product_WYF078275398126

I like having the laptop unattached to my lap, and being able to adjust it.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Movie and Book Writing Thread on: June 27, 2015, 11:09:04 AM
It's not in all reality a 'test'.  That was just a joke.  It's actually professional level editing for free, and not just of grammar or spelling, but of the actual structure of the piece.  And if you're planning to do something with your writing, it's worth its weight in gold.  Once you submit your writing- to a publisher, a contest, or even on your blog- that editing is going to make all the difference.
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The end of the hard disk on: June 25, 2015, 06:52:46 AM
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I knew about PCI-e mounted SSDs, but Shades said "hard disks" which was something (PCI-e mounted HDDs faster than SSDs) that I hadn't heard about.

That's the reason why I asked for a link. I'm not too stupid to use google myself...

No one implied anything about stupidity.  And it happens.  Onward!  Thmbsup
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The end of the hard disk on: June 24, 2015, 09:33:49 PM
Next time I will be more precise and call it "storage device"...that should make everyone happy. smiley

I got what you were saying, and that you weren't saying hard disk in the terms of a spinning platter.  Which is why I phrased my search in such a way. smiley
25  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Microsoft Tinker robot puzzle game - download for free on: June 24, 2015, 01:44:05 PM
Windows Live for Games is still around

You can download it from this link:http://download.gfwl.xboxlive.com/content/gfwl-public/redists/production/gfwlivesetup.exe

For more information: http://www.xbox.com/en-US/live/pc/DownloadClient

I still play section 8: prejudice online through the xbox live network.
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